The Burning Question: We cant burn half the worlds oil, coal and gas. So how do we quit?

Paperback | September 13, 2013

byMike Berners-Lee, Duncan ClarkForeword byBill Mckibben

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Take one complex scientific discipline. Add the future of energy, economics, and geopolitics. Season with human nature . . .

The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential curve that goes back centuries. One reason is that saving energy is like squeezing a balloon: reductions in one place lead to increases elsewhere. Another reason is that clean energy sources don't in themselves slow the rate of fossil fuel extraction.

Tackling global warming will mean persuading the world to abandon oil, coal and gas reserves worth many trillions of dollars—at least until we have the means to put carbon back in the ground. The burning question is whether that can be done. What mix of politics, psychology, economics and technology might be required? Are the energy companies massively overvalued, and how will carbon-cuts affect the global economy? Will we wake up to the threat in time? And who can do what to make it all happen?

Published in partnership with the David Suzuki Foundation.

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Take one complex scientific discipline. Add the future of energy, economics, and geopolitics. Season with human nature . . . The Burning Question reveals climate change to be the most fascinating scientific, political and social puzzle in history. It shows that carbon emissions are still accelerating upwards, following an exponential c...

Bill McKibben grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. He was president of the Harvard Crimson newspaper in college. Immediately after college he joined the New Yorker magazine as a staff writer, and wrote much of the "Talk of the Town" column from 1982 to early 1987. After quitting this job, he soon moved to the Adirondack Mountains of up...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.88 inPublished:September 13, 2013Publisher:Greystone Books Ltd.Language:English

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